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The Infamous MAX Is Still Grounded But Tickets Are On Sale

The Infamous MAX Is Still Grounded But Tickets Are On Sale
Jackie Reddy

The Boeing 737 MAX has been grounded for a number of months and while it shows no signs of taking to the skies, it has now emerged that multiple carriers are selling fares for seats on the troubled aircraft. According to Britain’s The Sunday Times, American Airlines and United Airlines are among those offering tickets.

The Boeing 737 MAX jet has been grounded for months and, while it still shows no signs of being put back into operation, it has emerged that a number of airlines are offering seats on the troubled craft with the hope that it will be back in the skies sooner rather than later.

According to the New York Post, The Sunday Times has reported that both United Airlines and American Airlines (AA) may be among the multiple carriers to put the plane back into its flight schedules. The latter outlet states that the 737 MAX could be deployed on over 32,000 flights by late 2019.

Speaking to The Sun, traveler Chuni Kahan said that he felt like a “guinea pig” after he discovered that his December 2019 Miami-bound flight from Puerto Rico would be operated by a 737 MAX.

However, speaking out about AA’s stance on the craft, a spokesperson told the outlet, “We have cancelled our MAX flying through Nov. 2; we have 24 MAX 8 aircraft. This timing is also subject to change, as we wait for additional information from the FAA and Boeing. We have not made any announcement regarding specific rebooking policies once the MAX comes back into service.

Mr. Kahan, along with all of our customers, can be assured that an American Airlines pilot would never operate an unsafe aircraft. However, once these policies are rolled out, they will assist our customers if they are still concerned flying on the MAX. Once the aircraft is cleared to fly again, American will continue to look at ways to reiterate to our customers that our pilots are the best in the business and would never fly an unsafe aircraft,” they added.

[Featured Image: Flickr/Bill Abbott]

View Comments (8)


  1. am1108

    August 19, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    If I were the CEO of any of the airlines that operate the max I would have grounded the planes until April 2020… Of course you can always go back and change that date if indeed it is fixed. But to extend the date every two months is probably just making the situation worse. Especially now Boeing will need a couple of months to test the aircraft and make sure it’s “safe”,

  2. Boggie Dog

    August 19, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    No Sale!

  3. robsaw

    August 19, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    I wish these sensationalist stories on Flyertalk would be grounded. Many airlines have had ongoing, rolling-wave assignment/re-assignment of 737-MAX to flights since day 1 of the grounding.

  4. horseymike

    August 20, 2019 at 5:04 am

    bad design. period. no plane should need special software for the pilots to be able to control it.

  5. robsaw

    August 20, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    “Special software” is nothing new. The 707 had a yaw damper built-into its autopilot to combat dutch-roll, read-up on the 707 crash caused by an inexperienced pilot when the yaw damper was disabled.

  6. glob99

    August 20, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Will AA give their pilots additional MAX sim training? That is the billion dollar question.

  7. PaulMSN

    August 21, 2019 at 4:21 am

    Still a kludge design. I will avoid the Max if possible.

  8. Annandaler

    August 21, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Not to be picky but the picture NOT a UA 737 MAX.

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